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(no subject) [Sep. 21st, 2005|10:59 pm]
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imyourrapunzel
Isn't it sad? This community's name no longer has relevant meaning. The awning has turned to blue. Farewell red awning, your memory shall be cherished in my heart for all time.
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(no subject) [Mar. 28th, 2005|11:42 pm]
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donnagiraffe
[mood |accomplished]
[music |the rockafeller skank]

So I told my parents about my grades. B, A, C, C, A, B. Ooooh, it's palindromic. So they got all, "you have broken your agreements with us" "when are you going to grow up?" "we'll take you out of that failure-inducing accountability-lacking environment and you can go to Alameda High" and "you can't take college classes if you don't get As in BASE classes".

I guess it bothers me that they're so down about this whole thing, but then again, I'm sort of proud of myself. I mean... I have new priorities. New, freshmen centered priorities. God, it's embarrassing, but true. I'm not a relationship person at all. I mean, when you look at someone who's truly interpersonal, it's just mind boggling. How can they spend so much time with PEOPLE? Wouldn't they rather sit contemplatively, alone? Or at most admire their reflections? It's so easy, rewarding, and free of pressure and consequences.

It's not that I can't stand anyone. It's just that for most of the last 2 years I have been incapable of enjoying the company of others. And now that I can, it's distracting me, and my parents aren't being sweet.
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School [Mar. 25th, 2005|11:10 am]
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donnagiraffe
So I went on an ACLC tour this morning. I almost cried, really. It was so brightly colored and sanitary and vibrant and legitimate. 2 things saved me from getting an enrollment form then and there: my brother and the administrators. My brother is in 5th grade and dying to go to ACLC. he toured with me, and every time he opened his mouth it was to state the obvious in a know it all way. He ges weird when he's really excited, he talks really fast and tries to impress people with his knowledge. He explained the reasoning behind green screens to our tour group. Yeah, they have a film making department. but it's not worth going to the same tiny school as Nick just so I can be surrounded by articulate motivated young people. The other thing that helped me was the attitude of the adults. I was with Dad, and all of the administrators talked to him about my education instead of me. Dad has only a vague idea of what classes I'm taking. It was the total opposite of BASE. So I talked to Frances the Counselor about taking a class there next year. Well, I've used up BASE math and science. They had this newspaper on an easel that listed the testing prowess of various AUSD schools. ACLC was a ten and we were a three. So yeah.
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(no subject) [Feb. 27th, 2005|06:24 pm]
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donnagiraffe
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Andy's ultra entertaining friend Micheal is checking BASE out this week, probably Wednesday. So I think you all could meet him at lunch. Actually, he's a lot like an intensified version of NH. Only he doesn't hit.
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BASE is too hard. [Feb. 9th, 2005|09:40 pm]
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donnagiraffe
[mood |thankfulthankful]

If I went to a real school then I could just take AP classes at school and not have to do obnoxious things like take online courses while my mentor ignores me and claims that will help me develop initiative, take multiple college classes that I'm being more or less pressed into taking to impress colleges, or, in the case of urban planning, to serve my community, aka do whatever my coaches can trick me into agreeing to. At BASE I have to turn assignments in to a group of seniors who often don't understand them themselves, yet are responsible for taking the role of teacher. If I were somewhere else I wouldn't have to do the whole honors thing, three times the work of the normal class but with no grade bump- yet older people, for whom the class ought to be easier and take less time and devotion, do recieve a grade bump. And math is such a huge joke, everyone got 150% on the last quiz, even I got an A and I haven't paid attention in that class for months. It is a fact that last week the highest math class in the school spent multiple class periods learning about improper fractions and mixed numbers. It is also a fact that members of the student body are sometimes pulled out of other classes to explain basic concepts outside the realm of knowledge of the math teacher. I really am sorry for venting publicly, and I am probably one of the students most satisfied with BASE overall. But I just wish we had a recruitment meeting scheduled where I could explain to all of the promising youth who I decide to spare that BASE is a huge pointless time sink and if they enroll here they will spent the next 4 years trying desperately to make up for the folly that is enrollment with a frenzied bout of extracurriculars and additional classes. Kai, if we aren't doing anything in yearbook, I would really appreciate it if I could sit outside and study for English 1A. But if you and your mom have something besides everyone crowding around to supervise scanning then of course I will help as best I can.
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things fall apart [Feb. 2nd, 2005|11:36 am]
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soader
[mood |rushedrushed]
[music |new world creeps]

DAMN I HATE THAT BOOK. IT IS POINTLESS AND WE ARE EXPECTED TO GAIN NEW VOCAB WORDS FROM THE BOOK. I HAD TO PICK WORDS I'VE KNOWN FOR YEARS TO APPLY TO A LIST OF 70. I NEED TO WRITE AN ESSAY OR 2 AS WELL AND ANSWER 10 QUESTIONS. I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE HAD DIFFICULTY WITH THE READING...
I will write in my journal when i can....have time..

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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2005|09:51 pm]
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imyourrapunzel
So y'all is reading Things Fall Apart too. Do you like it? It bores me! I haven't absorbed a single word I've read! I'm sure it would be a good book if I understood it and if my attention span for it was longer. Yeah, so...other opinions/thoughts?
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I think I'll be cryptic. [Jan. 27th, 2005|07:14 pm]
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donnagiraffe
[mood |diphthongy, like woah.]
[music |I think I will teach myself all kinds of accents.]

Today was such a fantastically wonderful day but I don't know why. It was kind of blah but I just had this whole optimistically tranquil thing going. Block 3 was so funny, omg, because Thomas and Omar have this whole-thing- and there is tape and self adornment involved. Then Lunch, the worst block of today but still cool. I was selling stupid candy and eating a stupid canolini and making a stupid booklet for BASE and Oh, it was bad. That girl who is kind of cool was like quizzing that boy who's ultra bizzare on who he likes and stuff, and since today is don't say yes or no day (I'll do it tommorow, hit me if I slip) it was so bad. Science was like, Oh my God Josh isn't a seagull. Scared the hell out of me. Then e:base was like, peaceful. But Nayla's sick so that sucks. The Gail meeting was like, Hannah is cool, so shut up. I found a banana, because I'm cool. Then I was at the bus stop arguing with that calculating guy and whatever. He's so cool. Then that one boy was like are you going to the college? I hate when people ask questions like that. Unproductive. And then college was cancelled, ha! I win. Best day since ever. Oh, off I go. Yams can't be trusted to write about themselves.
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2005|03:45 pm]
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imyourrapunzel
Remember Natalie Clauses?
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2005|03:41 pm]
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imyourrapunzel
I worked in HSH afterschool today (I'm working off my tardies). I really like it and I think Fern is a really good teacher. When I was a freshman I liked it but it was different, the teacher could be moody. I wish we took naps.
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